“Holiness, Faith and Love”
"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the
mountain of his holiness.
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion,
on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.'
This was the great
longing of king David who loved the Lord. He wanted to
see a holy Jerusalem.
This is the longing of a true child of God born of the Spirit. Such people will
labour to see the House of God or the holy Jerusalem built. Those
who have lost this travail in soul are spiritually dying.
David wanted God to be
praised in the city of God,
in the mountain of His holiness. His desire reveals a zeal for God's holiness.
It was the city of the great King.
I had to go through the
length and breadth of Delhi
recently, not for sight seeing but because our meetings were arranged in
different places. I saw a big circular
building. I asked what it was. They said that it was the Supreme Court. It was
the time of preparation for the Independence Day. Delhi has a royalty about it. But the kin9dom
of God has far greater royalty. Are you seeing the kingdom of God
and is the Lord Jesus the King of your life?
John 20 Look at Thomas, the disciple of the Lord. He
got stuck in his faith. He said, “except I see in his
hands the print of the nails and put my finger into his riven
side I wilt not believe.” John
20:25. He could believe in a human
Jesus. He sympathized with Him when He was crucified. Now the resurrected Jesus
was there. People said that He had risen again. But Thomas could not believe in
the majesty and the resurrection glory of Jesus. He could accept Jesus as a
friend. He could not accept Him as King in his life. We need to accept the Lord
as king and labour for Him as for a king. When I see
people without any burden for God's kingdom, it grieves me very much. We are
here to build the kingdom of the great King.
Ps. 48:12 “Walk
and go round about her; tell the towers thereof.” Towers were the most
important structures on the walls of a city. In the old times cities were
surrounded with walls. In the corners and near the gate there were towers.
There were people specially trained to keep the towers. They were to be
watching all the time.
I happened to stay in Delhi in a compound where
there was a watchman. It was a round-the-clock watch. That is what God wants in
His house. Here we want to pray 7 times a day. We need to be watchful in the tower of God
Secondly, V.13 "Mark ye
well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation
following." What are these
bulwarks? They are holiness, faith and love. People want to bypass these
things. Some think they are experts in preaching and giving counsels. That is
not going to give strength to the kingdom
of God. Reinforced
concrete is used to strengthen buildings. So many materials go in the right
ratio to make the concrete. So too we need to be very, very careful about
holiness, faith and love which make for our united strength.
Thirdly, in the city of
the great king the palaces are very important. I was happy to see the beautiful
houses in Delhi
- houses where ministers live. Here palaces symbolize perfect, faultless
testimony. Do people see you balanced in your temperament? Do you speak right
things? Are you humble servants in the house of God? We require a lot of help
in our campus. We have an International ministry here. We work sometimes day
and night. To keep this house of God as a house of prayer is very big work.
John Wycliffe was one of
those who studied the Word of God carefully. He was a Reader of Divinity at the
of Oxford. He could
understand correctly the doctrines of God's Word. He could see the uselessness
of lifeless tradition. He was particular about the new life in Jesus. He
believed that the gospel should be preached and people should understand the
righteousness of God. He prayed that the
light of God should be kindled throughout Europe.
He was the morning star of the Reformation. Do you have convictions that will
glorify God? God expects each one of you to build His kingdom and establish His